Football: Russia excluded from Euro 2024

Suspended from all competitions by UEFA since the start of the war in Ukraine, Russia was excluded from qualifying for Euro 2024 on Tuesday and will therefore not participate in the competition.

New sanction for Russia. Already suspended from all competitions by UEFA since the end of February and the start of the war in Ukraine, the Russian selection has not been authorized to participate in the qualifications for Euro 2024, which will be organized in Germany. “The Russian national team will not participate in the qualifying draw for the 2024 European Championship which will take place in Frankfurt on October 9. The reason is the decision taken in February by UEFA to suspend Russian national teams and clubs from participating in competitions organized by the body, a decision which applies by default until further notice”, indicated the Federation. Russian in a statement.

This sanction had already applied for the 2022 World Cup. Host country of the last World Cup, Russia could not play its play-off match last March against Poland. The women’s team had also been deprived of the Euro at the start of the summer in England and had been returned by Portugal, while the Russian clubs had been excluded from all European competitions, including the Champions League.

And this sidelining of Russia has been confirmed by UEFA. “All Russian teams are currently suspended following the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee of February 28, 2022, which was made effective by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on July 15, 2022. Therefore, Russia is not not included in the draw for the qualifications of the European football championship ”, a know-how on its side of the European body.

Russia might not be the only nation to be excluded. Belarus could also be deprived of Euro 2024 due to its support for Russia in its invasion of Ukraine. By a letter signed by the German Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser, Germany was previously asked to UEFA and its president Aleksander Ceferin to exclude the Belarusian selection. A decision should be made in the next few days.

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